Source materials

Birds of all sorts are a bit of an artistic passion.  Then there are hawks. I have no facility to keep a hawk here in the city, no experience and not much in the way of knowledge; but  I have loved falconry ever since I was little. I have been lucky enough to go hunting…

Post-op

I don’t often fiddle, preferring to restart projects.  This time I couldn’t face the time and work involved in restarting, not to mention the waste of materials.  So, out came the scalpel and I went in. First the beak was sliced out, then the eyes and finally a major hack (no precision incisions in this…

Work in progress.

Needle felting the head.  Not without trauma and a lot of eye surgery. Update to the side profile, with the neck bulked out a little

Building birds

Having a passion for birds can lead you into trouble.  It fosters grand ambitions. I do not live the right life for keeping the real thing; the next best thing has to be making and painting them. The corvid (should have been a raven but it clearly is a generic crow) took months and made…

Sneak preview

He needs paws and legs and a brush , but hey we’ll get there

Taking the next step

The foxy faced gentleman on the workshop table has been causing a bit of a design headache.  Though I tried carving expanded foam, I found it far to unwieldy to make a successful body.  Also I need movement and balance. So back to the drawing board, so to speak.  I am not sure whether the…

Fox puppet update

Peter Slight’s challenge for the Artlog is still on the agenda.  As mentioned I changed tack and starting working a rod puppet. He is now starting to take on a personality:

Fantastic Mr Fox?

Blodeuwedd has rather got to a natural pausing point right now.  The limitations of the software and film available to me are such that I am really not happy with the finished look.  I learnt so much from doing it, not least of which was just how little I still know.   So whilst I…

Unfurling

I have a new respect for butterflies.  Emerging from chrysalids and pumping ichor through the veins; plumping up wings that have been crumpled up . Adding the wings to this dragon has caused me a number of headaches and presented problems that need to be solved. So having finished off wet felting a very fine felt,…